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Old 02-11-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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If you knew then what you know now?

As I contemplate a DVC membership I'm also wondering if any of you current DVC owners would change anything about your purchase experience ? Any tips that you can offer a prospective buyer that you didn't get when you went through the process?

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Old 02-11-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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I wish I would have split my 250 points into 2 contracts of 150 and 100 (150 was the min at the tim). I would like to buy at GCV but I really don't need more points. If I would have split it, I could sell the 100 and buy 100 at GCV.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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As I contemplate a DVC membership I'm also wondering if any of you current DVC owners would change anything about your purchase experience ? Any tips that you can offer a prospective buyer that you didn't get when you went through the process?

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I would have purchased more points from the get go at my initial home resort, instead of not and then adding on later at the same resort. Adding-on at another resort is okay, but I should have just gotten what we wanted at one time.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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I would have bought in YEARS earlier.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:05 PM   #5
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I would have bought in YEARS earlier.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:58 PM   #6
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Me too! I would have bought OKW in 93 (instead of waiting for BWV) and had 7 years of free passes. Then I would have just done an add-on or two at BWV.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:28 AM   #7
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I would have liked to have bought a few years earlier and more points the first time (and split them - which I know I would not have known even then).

We have added on once at our first home resort, then we bought at BCV and then added on again at BCV.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:57 AM   #8
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I regret not buying in earlier.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:45 PM   #9
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Random thoughts. It's not that we regret buying, but we are getting kind of tired of WDW. Like one year, we went 4 times. How many times can you go on a ride? At first it was nice that they put in a new ride Soarin' and at Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest, but there hasn't been anything else really new and exciting. No problem. We have been spending our points at Vero Beach and loving the ocean instead of a park. We bought 210 points resale and then added 100 AKV through DVC. We are going in October to see the new Kidani village. I hope it is really nice, because I stayed at Jamba house and was disappointed at the accommodations. Also, we are just now looking at other places to stay and wondering if it might be worthwhile to sell and stay offsite. There is nothing wrong with DVC - don't get me wrong, but I have seen enough off site resorts to know we could probably be better off booking there when we wanted to go. One thing for sure, with DVC we do plan more vacations than we ever had. My daughter married at the Swan and Dolphin, and we were able to book 2 2BR rooms at OKW for the wedding party. And one time, we rented a Grand Villa and had a family reunion. You somehow don't think of the cost when you have points. The guests we bring always, always are impressed!
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:10 AM   #10
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We love DVC!!! However, it is for completely different reasons than I first expected. For instance, no worries about the huge hotel bill and no hotel hijacking my credit card (placing huge holds) for things that we don't even use. Vacations are prepaid for app. 50 yrs. - you may not be saving as much as you expected with the current deals, but what do you think room rates might be in 30 yrs? I expect to save a lot and have already saved a lot.
The reassurance that we will be going back to a really neat place. Staff that go the extra mile to help you so often that people take the service for granted and actually get mad when they don't receive special treatment.

We would have bought more points many years earlier.

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Old 02-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #11
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I would have purchased more points from the get go at my initial home resort, instead of not and then adding on later at the same resort. Adding-on at another resort is okay, but I should have just gotten what we wanted at one time.
I agree with you. We have added on twice and wish we had just bought enough points the first time.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:41 AM   #12
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I wish we bought so much earlier. Sigh.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:44 AM   #13
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We are REALLY happy with our purchase back in '96. We just missed the park passes....I would have liked to bought in in '93, but we weren't quite ready.

I'm glad we didn't buy TOO MANY points....We bought in at 150, then added 56 at BCV and have always felt like we had enough points to enjoy ourselves without being overly tied to just DVC vacations.

The rules do change...you can't get too locked in to your perceptions of how things should be. Some have changed for the better (free Internet) others for the worse (Stupid 4 month booking rule!) but we still love our DVC.

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Old 02-12-2009, 05:59 PM   #14
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What is the 4 month booking rule?
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:07 PM   #15
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What is the 4 month booking rule?
Well, the booking rule really hasn't changed, I think the poster was probably referrig to the new-ish 4 month banking window, meaning you can not bank any points during the last 4 months of your use year.

Also you can not initiate a trade outside of DVC, including the Disney Collection, during the last 4 months of your use year. A fairly recent change is that now the Disney collection requires a $95 processing fee per reservation, DisneyLAND is currently exempt, but most folks expect that exemption to evaporate after the VGC come online.
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